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WHAT ANNOYS – DELIGHTS – AND IS OFTEN UNEXPLAINED.

What is ANNOYING me this week?

People who can’t flex themselves away from their own agendas!

What is DELIGHTING me this week?

A Festival of Poets.

LISTENING TO:

Brian Eno – Drums between the bells
http://www.wired.com/underwire/2011/07/brian-eno-drums-between-the-bells

SOME OF MY DOINGS:

This last week saw the culmination of three months work to organise the Nuneaton Summer Poetry day with the event itself.

My part in the day was as the poet in residence, observing the events and writing about them on the blog at http://nuneatonpoetryday.wordpress.com

The day started early and I arrived in the town to see the market team installing the last of the blue and white gazebos that make up the covers over the market stalls. They had been up far earlier than me to get them all into place so that the stall holders could set out their tables and start displaying their wares in time for the first customers who were starting to enter the town by 9:00.

As I said, I was early so headed to a coffee shop to grab a much needed eye-opener and to write my first two poems of the day ‘Early’ and ‘Coffee at 9:00 am’, I was joined by my partner in crime for the organisation of the day, Rach Flowers, who was dressed in her spectacular black dress and boots that any female Goth would be proud to wear.

We proceeded to meet the artists from Art Alert who were decorating the benches, inspired by poems that I had provided them, from Michael Drayton to Wordsworth to Blake and some modern poems, including one of my own, one from Mark Niel, the minstrel poet for the day. The benches were covered with cushions made from wall paper and included a newspaper inside of which was a copy of the poems that they used to inspire them.

It was interesting to watch to town folk as they were unsure whether they could sit on the benches and Art Alert had to put up signs to say “Please Do Sit on the Benches”, which I am sure one or two people managed to put the word “NOT” into when they read it. The easiest way was to lead the way and sit on the bench with my poem on which I had my photo taken. This seemed to do the trick and before long people were sitting on the benches and reading the poems in the newspapers.

I managed to get some words to use in a poem from the Art Alert team and very soon had the basis for my third poem ‘Benches’.

Art Alert also brought along a bright blue tree from which we hung poetry kites and other poems to make our Poetree, it was originally planned that the bench poems would hang as fruit from the tree, but as these were now in the newspapers, the tree was a little bare at the start of the day, but as the day progressed the poetry kites became the leaves and fruit and added to the colour of the day.

My base for blogging was the Community Café, which was proving a difficult venue for people to perform as the local people were not sure what to expect, Colin King was holding court in this location story telling and engaging with his audience, getting them involved with where the story went next.

I wrote the poem ‘Community Café’ as I sat and updated the blog, using the line ‘bending his words around the ears of Saturday’, where ‘Saturday’ is used as a collective noun for all that normally goes on in the town on Saturday, the market, the shoppers, the meeting of friends, they are always there.

Colin made full use of the space walking through it and projecting his voice with its wonderful Irish lilt. It is certainly as sense of theatre that helps to engage an audience; Colin was never static and could not be totally ignored.

This highlights the difficulty of working in such spaces, many poets read at poetry events, where they have an audience that has come to listen, an event such as this is challenging because most of the people have come to do their shopping, meet with friends and do their normal Saturday routine. Poets and story tellers can be ignored, unless they provide something that captures the imagination.

People don’t necessarily have to stop to listen; they can still wander along hearing the words as they float through the market stalls. There is also an argument that reading a poem out-loud in the street or anywhere is a ritual and that it does not matter whether anyone is listening, purely reciting the words as an act in itself is a worthy thing to do.

People like, the Brazilian Poet Márcio-André de Sousa, who I had the pleasure to meet in 2009 when he filled the Tin Angel Bar with sound poetry at Night Blue Fruit in Coventry. He ventured out to the Chernobyl Nuclear site in 2007 on what many considered a suicidal trip, purely to read poetry to the landscape, to the shell of this devastation, which he did for six hours.

What ever your thoughts on performance and the need or not for an audience, then I think events such as Nuneaton Summer Poetry Day needs to cater for both; those who see it as a ritual and those who want to engage with an audience, things to be considered for any future event.

The idea of a collaborative poem came to me quiet early in the process, I did it back in March with the Children at Birchwood Primary School in Polesworth, where we played with Kite Poetry and they gave me words to form the basis of the collaborative poem to be used on the poetry trail. I really liked the idea of words coming in to Nuneaton from all over the world and then being shaped into a poem that in some way reflected the day. Calls for words were put out on Facebook and Twitter and through the blog. Face book friends passed it on to their friends, and thanks to Gary Longden who really took hold of the idea and sent it to his friends in far distant places, many of who responded.

I was interested in the words where they would come from, who else was thinking about Nuneaton and poetry, but could not come to the town itself, I wanted part of the festival to be accessible through the web, that it was a global event with its heart in Nuneaton.

I received words from across the globe, the farthest being from Waipu on the North Island of New Zealand 11,269 miles away, from the words provided I composed the poem ‘In a Single Moment’ which drew its theme from the 60 second slam and the idea that whilst the poets in Nuneaton were performing then around the world at the same time the other events were taking place. Unifying a set of individual acts in to the events at the Poetry Day. It seemed to me that the words were just as important as the places and the people who had sent them and that the poem should reflect this.

Since the day itself, another poet has also taken the words and created her own poem, which I hope to post on the blog in the next few days.

My last poem posted on the day was my poem ‘Nuneaton’, which I will admit was written in the days on the run up to the event rather than on the day itself. The reason for this was that I wanted to present the town with a more crafted poem, but also get my mind into the right state for writing as in the weeks running up to the festival I have not written much apart from this blog.

The poem uses the River Anker, which runs through the town but has been diverted under the streets and so as you wander around you may not know it was there, it uses the poet searching for the river on market day as its theme, and how this once sparkling ribbon in the landscape has now been replaced by the glints from the market stalls, until the poet spots the movement of the people and reflects that they flow as if mimicking the river.

The day finished in the Crown pub with an open mic, compered by Milton Keynes Poet Laureate Mark Niel who organised the slam and kept things flowing at the Fountain poetry stop. The night ended with music from the Folk band, Folklaw who were excellent and should not be missed if you get a chance to see them at festivals and venues around the Midlands.

www.folklaw.co.uk

My Lost Poet this week is not so much lost but yet to be discovered by most, despite having a well respected international reputation.

Marcio Andre (1978- ), as I mentioned above he is a amongst other things a sound poet, sculpting not just words but the manipulation of echoes, reverberation and sustained waves of sound into audio vistas.

This is not music and poetry, not talking over a jazz drum and bass line. The sounds that Marcio Andre produces often do not sooth and seduce the ear when they start, they often differing clashing sounds which as the piece progresses merge into an audio vista, which has all the wonder of the earth being formed. You have to stick with them, let yourself become accustomed to them, let you mind have time to work out what is happening and how to respond.

A tree grows so slowly that we do not hear it and we can appreciate the full grown beauty of it as it takes its place in the genius of the landscape. Yet if it grew from a seed to a full grown tree in seconds, morphing from the land, then all the sound that it makes as it grows happens all at once and every creak and ache would rupture the air filling it with sound as if something was being destroyed. The end result would not be any less beautiful, still the tree, still in its place in the landscape, but the noise would resonate and maybe change how we view the tree.

To me Marcio-Andre does this with his sound poems, providing us with the opportunity to stand in the landscape or enclosed space and hear things that we would not otherwise hear or even conceive.

Marcio-Andre is the first living poet to be included in this list, he has a significant body of work for his young age and is still developing, experimenting and following his thoughts, it is therefore inappropriate from me to try and encapsulate him as the poet in a few paragraphs, it is best that you search him out for yourself, on the web and in performance.

If you get the chance to hear Marcio-Andre sound poems live then it is an experience not to be missed, there is a video on website (no 7) of his performance at Night Blue Fruit at the Tin Angel, but it doesn’t capture the electric atmosphere of actually being there, the building, the shabby furniture and the audience were all part of the experience, it was as if the whole performance was viewed and heard from inside the loud-speaker, that you were not an observer/listener, but you were a channel for the sound, a biological-amplifier that was plugged into the sound system.

Start at his website which I have included below:

http://www.marcioandre.com/index=en.htm

THE FIZZ 8 with Matt Merritt is coming up on the 19th July as Polesworth Abbey, please do try and come along and here Matt read his poems from nature.

COMING SOON DOINGS

Readings in July.

15th July – Spoken Worlds – Burton upon Trent.
19th July – The Fizz 8 – Polesworth Abbey.

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WHAT ANNOYS – DELIGHTS – AND IS OFTEN UNEXPLAINED.

What is ANNOYING me this week?

Innocent questions that try to hide agendas

What is DELIGHTING me this week?

A Trip

LISTENING TO:

Some of my favourite folk songs.

SOME OF MY DOINGS.

Saturday saw the final Poets Trail workshop, where the poets had an opportunity to explore the park on their own and gather their thoughts in their own piece of space. It was a time to focus on the personal experience of the place; the “ME” time as those who think they are trendy call it. Is it still trendy to say trendy?

This personal time, where you live in your thoughts and do not have to share anything is important to every writer. Some may lock themselves away in the proverbial garret struggling at their art; others walk the story and live the dialogue. They appear to wander aimlessly so deep in thought that they are considered to be an out of touch with the real world. When all the time they are creating the next real world: the novel, the script, the film and there you go everyone is talking about the new creation.  The writer though known and named remains with that subtle anonymity that allows them to walk down the street aimlessly in deep thought creating the next reality.

Back to the trail, I am now receiving some wonderful, thoughtful and well crafted poems for consideration and critique, the poets have until the 8th April to submit there poems and I look forward to reviewing them and making the final decisions with the group from Pooley Country Park as to which we will use.

Then there are those poems that don’t end up on the trail but are never-the-less worthy poems, that should not be forgotten or lost and for which I will actively seek a means of preserving them and making them accessible to the poetry world.

This has been a wonderful experience and I am very honoured to have led this project. It has created a new circle of Polesworth poets, who have engaged with the place and been inspired to write a major new collection of contemporary poetry.  But the experience has been far more productive than the poetic works, but it has also developed new friendships, shared ownership and the feeling of playing a real part something quite special.

For those who are not suffering from workshop fatigue following my four workshops, here are some others that I can recommend.

Jacqui Rowe also has an excellent programme of Making Poetry workshops in Birmingham throughout the Spring and Summer.

http://www.makingpoetry.co.uk/page2.htm

The Nine Arches Press are currently into their Spring Programme, some of which have already gone, but I am sure they will have future programmes. You can keep informed by following this link.

http://www.ninearchespress.com/workshops.html

John Siddique is also running a monthly workshop in Hebden Bridge in West Yorkshire, details of which can be found on his website.

http://www.johnsiddique.co.uk/

I am hoping to attend at least one of each from these programmes of workshops. It is my belief that you need to keep pushing boundaries and exploring new ways to approach your writing.  If you think you have mastered the art of writing, then it is time to experiment, before you settle into writing the same things in the same style, the world can only take so much; it is time to move on, get fresh, get new, stay out of a pigeon hole.

Last week also saw THE FIZZ 6 – when the Lichfield Poets (most of whom do not live in Lichfield, but then who am I to talk, I don’t live in Polesworth) gave excellent readings from their Battlelines Anthology. The event was most excellently reviewed by the Secret Writer in her blog, which you can read by following the link below.

http://secretwriter1.blogspot.com/

The next Fizz – FIZZ 7 will be on 17th May when we will be reading the selected poems from the latest phase of the Poets Trail, along with some of the best of those not chosen. I am hoping that as many of the poets will be there to read their work, but I will make sure that all the poems are read. Look out for the advertising nearer the time.

Last Thursday saw me head to Nuneaton for a meeting with Rach Flowers and Alan Ottey to discuss the possibility of holding a day of Summer Poetry in the market place on a Saturday. We have set the date for the 2nd July and are pursuing a range of activities, which includes poets reading though out the day and at an open mic. event in the early evening. There is still a fair amount of work to organise this and to finalise the details, but if there are any poets out there who fancy doing 10 or 15 minutes reading in the market place and can get to Nuneaton on the 2nd July then please let me know.

As the details unfold I will add them to this blog.

Finally, it seems that there is a rivalry developing between the Shakespeare centric South Warwickshire and the George Eliot focussed North Warwickshire. Whilst I don’t want to get into the middle of this rivalry, for as far as I am concerned they are all worthy Warwickshire Writers. However, I am often approached for my thoughts on North Warwickshire’s role in literature.  So as an a-side and this list is by no means complete. In addition to George Eliot, I think the following writers have all been influenced by North Warwickshire, either through living and writing here or through visiting and bringing North Warwickshire into their work.

Michael Drayton, John Donne, Ben Jonson, Francis Holyoake, Raphael Hollinshed, Sir Henry Goodere, Sir Aston Cockayne, Henry Francis Cary, Thomas Warton, Sir Francis Willughby, Sir William Dugdale, Jane Austen, Edward Farmer, Siegfried Sassoon, Edith Holden, A.J Quinell, Caroline Graham.

I have not included in the list writers from Coventry or Birmingham who in their day would have been thought of as living in Warwickshire – but when the borders change and new counties emerged it makes these rivalries meaningless. I say, Read and Celebrate them all.

COMING SOON DOINGS

Details of my reading in April will be posted in my next blog, which will be late next week but if you check in then you will find out why.

 

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WHAT ANNOYS – DELIGHTS – AND IS OFTEN UNEXPLAINED.

What is ANNOYING me this week?

 There is still FROST in the morning!

What is DELIGHTING me this week?

The BIG 5-0 by Jimi Dewhirst

LISTENING TO:

The BIG 5-0 by Jimi Dewhirst

SOME OF MY DOINGS.

This last week has been a mix of a reading, writers groups and questions. Answering the questions forming the main part of my activity, as the poets who are attending the Poets Trail workshops  are fired up with ideas that they want to research and are firing emails at me for guidance on all sorts of subjects from Wolf Spiders, to brickworks, coal mining. I have had two people who have sent examples of excellent poetry to see if it their thoughts are heading in the right direction. I think all of this activity is wonderful and it is great to see the shared passion for the project is equal to mine. I am looking forward to the next workshop on Saturday.

I have also received a lot of kind comments from the participants on the first workshop, who appreciated the structure and content and found it motivating them to explore new ideas. So my concerns on my previous blog as to whether the balance was right was unfounded and I can now focus on making sure the rest of the workshops are inspiring and fun. The first workshop was very much a classroom based workshop, the rest will be out in the field, experiencing the place and enticing some communication with the genius loci.

The fifty minute piece of music, THE BIG 5-0, that has been created by my son Jimi as his gift for my 50th birthday is completed and I am proudly listening to it on the car stereo as I drive from workshop to gig to writing group.

The piece consists of five ten minutes sections each representing a decade of my life, the themes have been drawn from events, objects and activities that have been important to me and which Jimi has picked as being part of the memories that I have passed on to him.

The first section Swooping Eagle, takes as its theme the moon landing of Apollo 11 in 1969. Jimi fondly remembers the thoughts I had about the event, how it captured my imagination as 9 year old that saw me devouring any newspaper reports, TV and radio news. The music has a mix of soft ambient sounds that reflect what we would imaging the peacefulness of space along with driving rhythms that define the movement of the spacecraft. Mixed over this is the actual communications between Houston and Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrian as they guide the Eagle landing craft down on to the surface of the moon at Tranquillity Base. 

The next section is a comic based piece entitled TV was a little fuzzy in the 70’s and uses extracts from Monty Python, Carry on films amongst others to provide a montage of the best known lines from these examples of the 1970’s film and television. Jimi has further added to the comedy by mixing them up and editing them to create a new comic rendition.

The third section has a very 80’s feel with its synthesised sounds and drum beats – it is entitled Gotta get a Filofax. This is the first period of my life that Jimi was part of so the ideas come from his actual memories rather than what I have passed on to him as one of my memories. This was the last of the tracks to be completed and you can see the development of his skills in putting this and the last two pieces together. He has a clearer understanding and is prepared to push his new skills further.

The fourth piece is called Gedcom Knights and reflects my interest in Genealogy that I actively pursued with my brother Gordon in the 1990’s. – It starts with an Elizabethan sounding guitar which reflects that we managed to trace our Dewhirst ancestors back to 1572. Jimi adds in drum beats that at times are very tribal, English tribal, again linking in with the theme. There are several sections that provide the sound of a tree growing as if it grew from a seedling to be full grown branched and leafed in two minutes. This is topped of with a poem that he has written, which takes in aspects of our name and how it has been represented. It is an excellent poem and shows that he also has the potential as a wordsmith.

The final piece is entitled Paper Prisons and is driven completely by drum beats, that reflect the monotony of having to do a day job, whilst wanting to pursue other more creative vocations such as writing and film making. From the age of seven I have wanted to be a writer and it wasn’t until I turned forty that I actively pursued writing as major part of my life.

This is an absolutely wonderful eclectic collection of sound vistas that hold rhythms and words that reflect my life so far. This is by far the greatest present he could have given me, using his talents, he has researched the themes and then spent countless hours interpreting them into a sound track that I am truly honoured to receive.

There will only ever be two copies of this wonderful piece, so to get a feel for what Jimi has achieved follow his future work on the films we will be making this summer.

In the meantime listen to his earlier work on my film Yell! Follow the link, start the film running, close your eyes and just listen.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v3G3ErCV9V8 

World Book Night saw Rach Flowers and Rach Gee handing out books in Nuneaton Market as previously mentioned in my blog. The two Rach’s had a great deal of fun and following a radio interview on BBC Coventry and Warwick had book receivers heading into town to specifically  to pick up a copy of Seamus Heaney’s poems.

The success of this event has fired up the imaginations of the Market management team and Waterstones to maybe hold another poetry day in Nuneaton in the summer, if anything develops on this I will let you know through this blog.

In the meantime here is a photo of the two Rach’s dressed to give away books.

COMING SOON DOINGS

I will be reading at the following events during March.

St Patrick’s Day Festivities – 16th March – Inspire Bar – Coventry.

Spoken Worlds – 18th March – Rangemore House – Burton-on-Trent.

Shindig – 20th March – The Jam Café – Nottingham.

The Fizz – 22nd March – Polesworth Abbey – Polesworth.

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WHAT ANNOYS – DELIGHTS – AND IS OFTEN UNEXPLAINED.

What is ANNOYING me this week?

Not knowing what its best to tackle first.

What is DELIGHTING me this week?

The First of the Poets Trail Workshops

LISTENING TO:

The Essential Mercury Rev

SOME OF MY DOINGS.

The film director, Deborah Hadfield, whose first feature, The Kindness of Strangers was a triumph at Cannes, and more recently at the International Filmmakers Festival in 2010, where she won best director. She is now promoting her new film “Sweetest Love” that she will be filming throughout the Summer.

I first met Deborah when she directed me in a very short film that was made in one hour. At 7:00pm we had no story, no script, no locations and a totally inexperienced crew. At 8:00pm we were watching the film, which was later edited into a one minute film. That was my first experience of working with film and it left me wanting more.

This all happened as part of workshop that Deborah ran for the Runaway Writers in Burton-on-Trent a couple of years ago.

Sweetest Love, which she describes as 3 Lovers 2 Choices 1 Secret, will be filming on locations in Rome, Florence, Umbria, Staffordshire and Derbyshire. Deborah is offering a unique opportunity for film buffs to be in on the production through her facebook page and website, where she will be posting news, pictures, videos and behind the scenes gossip as they shoot through the summer, it is a great chance to see the film develop before you go and see the finished result.

Deborah’s facebook page can be found at:

http://www.facebook.com/?ref=home#!/pages/Sweetest-Love-Movie/178532925524602

Her website is at:

http://www.sweetestlovemovie.com/

I said in my last blog that “All Poetic Roads Lead Back to Polesworth” and Deborah’s film is no exception as it uses John Donne’s poem “Sweetest love, I do not go” as key part of the plot. Donne was one of the Polesworth circle along with Michael Drayton and Ben Jonson. I will be watching with interest.

My delight of the week is the Poets Trail workshops, which kicked off on Saturday with a classroom based workshop, which looked the existing poetry trail poems, followed by looking at poetic styles and devices and finished with looking at the different characters that make up a landscape.

Sixteen poets attended all enthused by the opportunity to create new poems that seeks to explain the often unexplainable, the feeling you get when a landscape takes your breath away or gives you the sense of unease that makes you want to tear away, but at the same time stay and fathom it out. The Spirit of the Place – The Genius Loci.

The next workshop is in a couple of weeks when we will be out in the landscape of an ex-coal mine that is now redefining its borders with nature, whilst at the same time has to cope with the noise and fumes from the motorway that passes through the centre of the Country Park.

The M42 is raised above the site and floats on a bed of man laid gypsum like a noisy, self important celebrity, who is too busy to ponder on anything other than its own destination. It cannot be ignored and its purpose acts as a reminder that all is not tranquil with the world, even when you are wandering through a self healing space that provides a vision of a richer life. 

On Sunday, I ventured out to a garden centre just outside of Atherstone to meet with Rach Flowers, to hand over the postcards for her activities on World Book Night. – Which is taking place next Saturday in Nuneaton, as I mentioned in my last blog.

Rach’s enthusiasm for books and reading is phenomenal and her ideas for creating a theatrical event with costumes and readings around the town will make an event that may see the people of Nuneaton engaging with poetry like they never have before.

I have a couple of friends who are poets from Nuneaton it would be great to see a few more. The thought of the sudden burst of random poetry readings, with the colour and drama of Rach’s street theatre should be more than enough to attract people into town.

COMING SOON DOINGS

I will be reading at the following events during March.

Night Blue Fruit – 1st March – Taylor Johns House – Coventry.

St Patrick’s Day Festivities – 16th March – Inspire Bar – Coventry.

Spoken Worlds – 18th March – Rangemore House – Burton-on-Trent.

The Fizz – 22nd March – Polesworth Abbey – Polesworth.

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WHAT ANNOYS – DELIGHTS – AND IS OFTEN UNEXPLAINED.

What is ANNOYING me this week?

Water pumps that don’t pump.

What is DELIGHTING me this week?

My favourite Cola based drink – Can’s 4 for £1 instead of 60p each elsewhere.

LISTENING TO:

Argus – Wishbone Ash

SOME OF MY DOINGS.

It is World Book Day on March 3rd,when hundreds of copies of books will be given away by volunteers who have a passion for books and want to get more people reading, or a least reading something that they would not normally read.

To mark this occasion and to ensure a wide range of people (some might not be in town on Thursday) can receive free books, Rach Flowers in Nuneaton, Warwickshire is presenting World Book Night on March 5th. She informs me that she and a friend are performing a double act and want to have fun as well as enthuse people to love books and reading as much as they do. This event is in conjunction with Waterstones and Nuneaton Town management who are supporting the event.

Rach will be giving away about one hundred copies of Seamus Heaney’s New selected Poems and asked if I have any information cards about the Polesworth Poets Trail, which I am only to glad to provide as she will give them out with every copy of the book.

used under a creative commons licence

Seamus Heaney - Photo Copyright Sean O'Connor

Seamus Heaney’s New Selected poems – was originally published by Faber and Faber in 1990 and covers his work from 1966 to 1987, including selections from the first seven collections of his poetry, which features the Whitbread prize wining The Haw Lantern (1987). This collection demonstrates Heaney’s word plays and use of adjectives to explore the world, ourselves and our emotions “Close up”. His poetry has the richness and bountiful dimension that comes from a poet who lives life. John Carey said of Heaney. ‘More than any other poet since Wordsworth he can make us understand that the outside world is not outside, but what we are made of.’ He has also been described as the most important Irish poet since W.B Yeats.

John Carey is literary critic and writer who has written books on John Donne, so there is always a link back to Polesworth.

Are we seeing a trend here, when it comes to Poetry, All roads lead back to Polesworth.

Rach has set up a Facebook group Double Booked, where she hopes the creative talent of North Warwickshire will join up to talk literature and poetry.

I wish Rach and her friend all the best with this promotion and if you are in the area of Waterstone’s in Nuneaton on the 5th March then do go and say hello and pick up a copy of Seamus Heaney’s book and details on how to visit the poetry trail. Maybe you will be enticed to come and read at the Fizz – poetry and spoken word evenings.

This is one of many Book Giveaway events that are taking place as part of World Book Day – so look out for one near you.

You can link to Rach’s Facebook Group through the following link

Double Booked

And the next Fizz at Polesworth Abbey is on the 22nd March when the guests will be the Lichfield Poets.

The Fizz 6

Due to a prior commitment, which I would not have wanted to miss, I was unable to attend Gary Carr’s splendid Spoken Worlds last Friday, however all is not lost for those who missed it as Gary Longden was there and has written a great review at behind-the-arras.

Behind the Arras

By the sound of it I will struggle to get back into the next one as the popularity of this evening ever increases, it looked like a good night with a great crowd. It is good to see Gary Carr’s hard work is paying off and I look forward to the next one on the 18th March.

Recently, I have not had much time for thinking about anything other than the Poets Trail workshops which start on Saturday. However my thoughts are now drifting towards, what I should do next, next being when the Poets Trail is finished for this phase and the new poetry films are in the can.

I still have a collection of poems that I am putting together, which are in the main formed around a theme and there maybe a few poems to be written to complete the theme. There will be the editing to do as I am sure they can all be improved.

But what beyond that – should I complete the novel of which I have the first 18,000 unedited words or should I explore some more poetic themes.

Should I give up the day job and make films, run workshops, attend readings.

I really need a sponsor who will support me through the creative life that I live in my head.

The life that sees me rising a 6:00 and writing until 10:00 then correspondence till lunch.

Lunch at the pub, a ploughman’s lunch with a soft drink! Then walking the hills and dales in the afternoon, turning over ideas, looking for answers, grabbing at hooks, building up plots, then returning home in time for tea.

Evenings spent reading on the porch or by the fire, or performing or just in the pub with a pint or two and honest conversation.

Then there will be days when I am filming, rising to catch the dawn light, scouting for landscapes, settings and camera angles. Then sitting at the editing desk creating geographies that only exist on film.

Working with Jimi on the music and sound effects, working with poets on dialogue and verse.

It all happens in my head, it’s not a virtual world, it’s real to me, if only I had a sponsor.

My main hope for a sponsor keeps saying no, despite me asking every week, I still end up throwing away my non-winning lottery ticket on Sunday morning.

COMING SOON DOINGS

Workshop #1

This takes place next Saturday when we will explore the poetic styles and devices that poets use, looking at the first ten poems on the trail and looking at how the styles where used to good effect.

Following this we will look at the characters that make up a landscape and how we can give them a voice.

Finally we will introduce the ten themes around which the new poems will be developed.

I am really looking forward to working with the twenty poets who have signed up for the workshops and seeing the new poems written through a true understanding of the spirit of the place.

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